Latest Maine state government News

Gov. Mills orders special session for $163M bond package

Aug. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills is calling lawmakers back to Augusta to consider a borrowing package to go on the November ballot. The Democratic governor announced Monday that a special session will be held on Aug. 26 to consider the revised $163 million proposal; she said the borrowing...

Unemployment rate dips to 3 percent in Maine

Aug. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dipped to a record low based on preliminary figures for July. Officials say the seasonally adjusted rate was 3%. That would be a record unless the final, official figure is adjusted. July's preliminary unemployment rate...

Top court upholds former DA candidate's license suspension

Aug. 15, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Supreme Court has upheld the suspension of a lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for district attorney last year. A lower court judge suspended former Republican candidate Seth Carey's law license for three years after he was accused of sexual misconduct. He was also accused of...

Maine AG says state must play role in coal fight with Trump

Aug. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general says it's especially important for his state to fight an ease of restrictions on coal-fired power plants because of the vulnerability of its air and water. Attorney General Aaron Frey says he's joining a coalition of more than 20 states in a lawsuit against...

Maine transportation official says bond needed for projects

Aug. 14, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top transportation official says next year's entire highway repair program is at risk if lawmakers don't return to Augusta within the next two weeks and put a highway borrowing package on the November ballot. Maine Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note tells the Portland...

Another round of Volkswagen settlement money on tap in Maine

Aug. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government says it's going to distribute about $3 million stemming from Volkswagen's environmental settlement over a diesel emissions scandal. The Maine Department of Transportation said Tuesday that government agencies and private businesses still operating a vehicle...

Lawmaker wants to end squabble over Maine veto vote date

Aug. 13, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says a legislative fix would address a problem with timing of a handful of potential "people's veto" votes. In a "people's veto," residents gather signatures to force a ballot question to veto a state law. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap at first incorrectly told...

Emera Maine's potential buyer to face greater scrutiny

Aug. 11, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A union representing Emera Maine workers is expressing concerns about the company's proposed buyer at a time when lawmakers created a new standard for the sale of public utilities. ENMAX, an electric utility in western Canada, cut its workforce by 4.5 percent this year and is planning...

Replacement of Downeast Maine bridge gets started

Aug. 10, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — The replacement of a bridge in Downeast Maine is getting started in Machias. The Maine Department of Transportation says it's beginning preliminary work to replace the Dyke Bridge, located in the county seat of Washington County. The agency says crews began the preliminary work on...

Gun vigil planned outside Maine's Blaine House

Aug. 10, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several Maine gun safety groups and gun control advocates plan to gather in front of the Blaine House for a candlelight vigil following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The event billed as "Maine: Light the Way" is scheduled for Saturday evening. The Maine Teen...